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Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of 'The War of the Worlds' (2006)

In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War ... See full summary »


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Lewis Macleod ... The Martian Voices in The Prequel (as Lewis McLeod)
Richard Burton ... George Herbert, The Journalist (archive sound)
Justin Hayward ... The Sung Thought of The Journalist
Alexis James Alexis James ... The Artilleryman
Anna-Marie Wayne ... Carrie - George Herbert's Fiancée
Chris Thompson Chris Thompson ... The Voice of Humanity
Russell Watson Russell Watson ... Parson Nathaniel
Tara Blaise Tara Blaise ... Beth - The Parson's Wife
Jerry Wayne Jerry Wayne ... The Voices of NASA Control
Daniel Boys Daniel Boys ... Understudy
Hannah Stearne Hannah Stearne ... Understudy
Rachel Sternberg Rachel Sternberg ... Rebecca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dulcie Lewis Dulcie Lewis
Adrian Mansfield Adrian Mansfield
Faith Mansfield Faith Mansfield


In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds was brought to the stage for the first time, playing to sold-out arenas across the UK. The War of The Worlds Live is a spectacular mix of live music, theatre, multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale. Written by Anonymous

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6 November 2006 (UK) See more »

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Der Krieg der Welten - Musical Version von Jeff Wayne See more »

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The Artilleryman: Anyone here?
The Journalist: Come in. Here - drink this.
The Artilleryman: Thank you.
The Journalist: What's happened?
The Artilleryman: They wiped us out. Hundreds dead - maybe thousands.
The Journalist: The Heat Ray?
The Artilleryman: The Martians! They were inside the hoods of machines they'd made - massive metal things on legs! Giant machines that walked - they attacked us! They wiped us ...
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Bringing a classic album to life
5 January 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

thirty years ago Jeff Wayne released a musical version of War of the worlds with Richard Burton doing narration, Justin Hayward, David Essex and others singing. It floored me from the midnight on July 4th airing I heard it on the old WNBC radio. I went out and bought it the next day at the local record shop. Its been a part of my consciousness ever since then. I always hoped for a film or stage production (I did see a laser show version) but never expected this.

Clicking through pay per view tonight I saw War of the Worlds Live.Curious as to what it was I played the preview and found apparently Jeff Wayne made a concert version and toured the UK with it. An orchestra and rock band played in front of a screen which ran projections, the art from the liner notes and other visuals. They also had a giant head of Richard Burton that acted as narrator.

Wow. And wow. This was probably the only way it could ever be performed and it works wonderfully. The visuals are pretty much what you expect and the performances (including Justin Hayward) are close to the original, but not so close as to make you think lip sync. I was floored and I sat there watching with rapt attention despite not being able to hold a conversation earlier in the evening. Amazing truly amazing. Its so good I may have to buy the DVD-which apparently isn't available in the US despite being on pay per view.

All I can add is if you know and like the album see this if you get the chance, it actually does the album justice.

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